What is Fault Tolerance and Why Do You Need it?

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You rely heavily on technology to conduct business every day. From laptops to smartphones to tablets to desktop computers, most business is done digitally and online. So what happens when a component of your IT infrastructure fails?

That’s where fault tolerance comes in.

Understanding Fault Tolerance

Fault tolerance allows your technology system to continue functioning even though one or more of its elements have failed, and it should be a part of your company’s overall IT strategy. Fault tolerance allows your IT infrastructure to continue working as it should, preventing disruptions from a single source of failure. Such systems employ backup elements that take the place of the failed component to ensure there’s no loss in productivity for your business.

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For example, a fault-tolerant network is set up in such a way so that if one network connection to a machine goes down, all of the machines’ network connections don’t go down. Fault tolerance also includes having more than one server for data backups. If the primary server fails, the backup server takes the place of the primary server, preventing you from losing all of your data. Other potential failures include:

  • Power failure
  • Data loss
  • Power surge
  • Unauthorized access
  • Viruses and cyber threats
  • Network overload
  • Device failure

Without these secondary elements in place, your business could experience downtime it can’t afford.

Implementing a Fault-Tolerant System

To avoid costly downtime and disruptions with your technology, it’s important to put a fault-tolerant system in place. Working with IT professionals ensures that you have secondary elements in place to take over if the first element fails.

To learn more about fault tolerance and how working with a managed IT provider protects your business, contact the EQ Technology team today.